AMMAN - Syrian security forces shot dead 12 demonstrators on Friday during protests against Baath Party rule that erupted in 91 locations across Syria, the Syrian National Organisation for Human Rights said.
"The authorities are still pursuing the calculated course of using excessive violence and live ammunition to confront mass demonstrations," the organization said in a statement on Saturday.
Scores of people of all walks of life were also arrested including a doctor, musician, and an amateur boxer, it said.
It said the killings occurred in rural districts around Damascus, in southern Syria, the northwestern province of Idlib, the coast and the central city of Homs. Activists on Friday had put the death toll at eight.